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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Tuesday Rock Roundup

If you had tickets for Aerosmith's cancelled gig at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont last Monday, it's been rescheduled for September 24th. The show was postponed due to illness. Aerosmith is in Toronto tomorrow night.

The deadline to register for tickets to Led Zeppelin's reunion concert on November 26th at the O-2 Arena in London has been extended to 7am tomorrow. Upwards of 80 thousand people per minute...or five million per hour...have been attempting to register for tickets at Ahmet Tribute dot com. In a 12-hour period last Thursday, there were 89.5 million attempts.
The website has now been moved to its own server and is running smoothly. You should only register once, as the system is designed to pick out names at random and remove multiple entries. Successful applicants will be limited to a pair of tickets per household. Promoter Harvey Goldsmith is urging people not to buy tickets from any other source. He says, "If you do buy them and we find out where those seat and row numbers are, we're gonna cancel the tickets."

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have been rehearsing at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey with anywhere from 40 to 80 fans trying to listen from the boardwalk despite large speakers outside blasting local radio stations. The sessions have been starting around 9:00 a-m and ending in the early afternoon.

Meanwhile, there will be a little extra magic on Magic as the disc contains a hidden track called "Terry's Song," written for his late personal assistant, Terry Magovern, who died in July. Springsteen recorded the acoustic-based song after the Magic sessions and also performed it at Magovern's memorial service.

Mick Jagger was in New York yesterday, and said the Rolling Stones have no plans to tour next year following their two-year Bigger Bang tour, which ended last month in London. "Offers have been made and so on, but we haven't booked any dates yet." There were rumors that the band would tour in the spring to support the theatrical release in April of the band's concert movie, Shine a Light, directed by Martin Scorsese.

Anthrax bass player Scott Ian went to the Forum in Los Angeles last week to take in one of Van Halen's dress rehearsals, and he raves about it on his MySpace page. He says, "They were amazing. The hair on my arms was standing up. Dave sang great, Eddie was shredding, Alex is a monster and Wolf was perfect. Great on bass and hit every high note. The set list was two-and-a-half hours of the best stuff -- "I'm the One," "Atomic Punk," "Romeo Delight," "Somebody Get Me a Doctor," "Mean Street," "Unchained" and so many more... a real full blown arena rock act. It's like listening to the soundtrack of America since 1978. The kings are back!" Van Halen's tour starts September 27th in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Officials in Ottawa, Canada, canceled a Michael Bolton concert due to low ticket sales and had to cover Bolton's guarantee, so they paid him over $62,000 not to sing. I’d comment, but this story is already funny without effort on my part...

The family of the late Hughie Thomasson, the singer and guitarist in The Outlaws and a former member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, is asking that donations be made in Hughie's honor to three organizations -- The Heroes Fund, which provides assistance to the families of veterans; The Angelus, a non-profit residential group home near Tampa, Florida for severely handicapped persons who are not able to care for themselves; and The Freedom Calls Foundation, which provides voice and video hook-ups for our troops to keep in touch with their loved ones back home. The Outlaws were planning benefit concerts for those organizations at the time of Hughie's death on September 9th. He was 55 and is survived by his wife, two children and a granddaughter.

Former Foreigner singer Lou Gramm is finishing work on a new album. He has signed with Spectra Records for his first disc since 1989's Long Hard Look. No word yet on a title or when it will be released. Gramm has three more shows scheduled for this year -- September 29th in Atlantic City, New Jersey; November 21st in Freemont, California; and December 12th in San Jacinto, California.



Mark Knopfler -
Kill To Get Crimson
Eddie Vedder - Into The Wild [Soundtrack]
Simon & Garfunkel - Live 1969
The Simpsons: Testify, which features music from the animated show, includes Jackson Browne, David Byrne and Los Lobos.
Bono, Joe Cocker and a cast of unknowns cover Beatle songs on the Across the Universe soundtrack.
Bob Dylan's M-T-V Unplugged
has been repackaged into a C-D and D-V-D set.
Two of Keith Richards' solo efforts get the expanded treatment -- Main Offender and Live at the Hollywood Palladium.


Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is back in stores today with a new D-V-D. Remember That Night is a two-disc set that contains 23 songs from his shows at London's Royal Albert Hall in May 2006. Disc two contains five bonus songs from the Royal Albert Hall and three documentaries with behind-the-scenes tour footage from the rehearsals right through to the final show in Gdansk, Poland. Also included is a short film from his dates on the West Coast, with some scenes shot by keyboard player Richard Wright; a documentary on the making of Gilmour's last album, On an Island; additional live performances; videos; and a photo gallery.

We Are Marshall DVD, the story how Marshall University rebuilt themselves after their entire football team was killed in a plance crash. Stars Matthew McConaughey. The Condemned DVD with wrassler Steve Austin. Lucky You DVD a Vegas Poker flick with Drew Barrymore. And The Family Guy - Volume Five DVD (3 Disc set), a Traffic tribute concert dedicated to the late drummer...and finally, the U-2 home video re-issue campaign continues with 1997's Popmart - Live From Mexico City coming to D-V-D for the first time.